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Bjørn Melhus
MOON OVER DA NANG

Artist Bjørn Melhus
Year 2016
Duration 15:01 min
Technical info HD VIDEO
Contact
Anita Beckers Gallery
Anita Beckers
Braubachstraße 9
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

Phone: +49 69 73900967
E-Mail: info@galerie-beckers.de

About the video

Towards the end of the 1960ies the world witnessed the war in Vietnam through what can still be called one of the largest ever TV war spectacles. At the very same time American astronauts looked down on Earth from the moon for the first time in human history. Although initially intended as affirming American dominance in the cold war this first view on the blue planet as whole created an image that quickly became the icon of ecological thought and central to a whole movement of counter culture.

MOON OVER DA NANG draws these two contrasting media events together in Melhus’ own quirky and experimental quest to come to grips with the country’s post-socialist present in the throughway between the past and the future. Interviews with residents and dreamlike associative sequences are mixed with the documentation of the production process of a life-sized marble sculpture in Da Nang, a city in central Vietnam, which, 40 years after the end of the war in Vietnam, is being discovered by international investors for the tourism business. Traces of the past and of the war are gradually covered up by the construction of hotels and luxury resorts. At the end of the film the marble sculpture receives its finishing touches and turns out to be an Apollo astronaut.


Credits

Written, directed, performed and edited by: Bjørn Melhus

Director of Photography: Ben Brix

Second Camera: Tran Xuan Quang

Costumes: Julia Neuenhausen

Sound Design: Malte Beckenbach

Sound Mixing: Felix Andriessens

Postproduction: Ben Brix

Colorist: Stefan King

Title Design, Graphic Design: Javier Benítez Pinzón

Produced by: Yuki Jungesblut


Made with the support of:

Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM)
Filmförderanstalt (FFA)

Bjørn Melhus - MOON OVER DA NANG
Towards the end of the 1960ies the world witnessed the war in Vietnam through what can still be called one of the largest ever TV war spectacles. At the very same time American astronauts looked down on Earth from the moon for the first time in human history. Although initially intended as affirming American dominance in the cold war this first view on the blue planet as whole created an image that quickly became the icon of ecological thought and central to a whole movement of counter culture.MOON OVER DA NANG draws these two contrasting media events together in Melhus’ own quirky and experimental quest to come to grips with the country’s post-socialist present in the throughway between the past and the future. Interviews with residents and dreamlike associative sequences are mixed with the documentation of the production process of a life-sized marble sculpture in Da Nang, a city in central Vietnam, which, 40 years after the end of the war in Vietnam, is being discovered by international investors for the tourism business. Traces of the past and of the war are gradually covered up by the construction of hotels and luxury resorts. At the end of the film the marble sculpture receives its finishing touches and turns out to be an Apollo astronaut.

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